FYI: Many of the links below are my affiliate links. If you follow these links and make a purchase, the vendor may give me a commission as a Thank You. I absolutely, 100% know, like and use all of these resources, and recommend them to my own mom. (Really, the only thing in this list she doesn't use is the Cricut.)
If you've made it to my site and you've read this far, it's a pretty safe bet that you know what software I use primarily.
Artisan 5 – For storybooks/photo books and any sort of personalized photo gift or card, my go to software has been Artisan 5 (and it's predecessor Storybook Creator) since it was first released almost a decade ago. After trying out other software, which I do use from time to time, this is still my go-to creative software, digital scrapbooking and otherwise.
Historian 4 – For photo organization and PRESERVATION, I again, use Historian 4. I've been teaching this software since the first release of Memory Manager over a decade ago, and it has never let me down. I have not yet found a software or service that makes me feel as comfortable about the safety of my photos as this program.
BUT – if I only had the ability to do ONE thing for my photos, it would be … Permanent Photo Storage by Forever. This is the one thing that I trust MORE than Historian. In a nutshell, Forever offers private, permanent photo storage that you pay for one time, like buying a safe, and then that storage space that your photos live in is YOURS for your lifetime, plus 100 years (at least). Those photos are upgraded to current digital file formats as the industry changes, so you or your descendants will still be able to access and use those photos in the future as technology changes. This is the best investment I've ever made.
Digital Artwork and Other Resources
As you may know, I'm big on the SIMPLICITY of using Artisan and getting my projects done. If I had the amount of free time I had ten years ago, I may be the kind of person who would do things differently. But I definitely don't have that kind of time.
The cool thing is, there are multiple places to get digital content to use in our books and projects:
- Forever.com, of course. They offer content that you can install in one click into Artisan. The best thing is, if you click on the Deals link on Forever's site, every day there is a Deal of the Day, which is usually a 50% off deal for digital content. Check it out!
- CreativeMemories.com. Yes, we can get digital versions of the cool stuff that Creative Memories puts out for their traditional scrapbooking supplies. Since I do both and use both, I love this!
- Pixels2Pages.net. Besides offering great training, p2P gives you a new set of exclusive Blueprints for both 12×12 and 11×8.5 each month. That makes the subscription worth it all by itself!
- CreativeMarket.com. This site isn't just for scrapbooking, but I love their stuff. They usually have a monthly heavily discounted bundle that will include things you can use for backgrounds or embellishments and tons of cool Fonts. I love fonts!
There are lots of places to look, but these are my favorites.
Traditional Scrapbooking Supplies
As I mentioned above, I'm still a traditional cropper and always will be. I've been scrapbooking, mostly with Creative Memories, since my oldest was about 9 months old, i.e. 16 years. I love the tools and I love the paper and I love that I can trust the quality of the albums.
My personal link for Creative Memories is here: https://www.creativememories.com/user/debrodriguez
I am also a huge Cricut fan. This thing is so fun. Just like everybody else, Cricut has monthly deals and some really fun ideas.
You can find out more here: http://www.cricut.com